SCOTT Nicholls and Chris Harris rolled back the years as Oxford Cheetahs edged out Redcar Bears on a dramatic night of racing.

The old sparring partners picked up seven heat wins combined as they inspired the hosts to a 47-43 win.

Harris replaced Troy Batchelor at Sandy Lane after the Australian sustained a back injury during the 55-35 defeat at Plymouth Gladiators 24 hours earlier.

And the three-time British champion collected 11 points, before crashing out of a dramatic heat 15 that Nicholls won to secure victory.

The captain top-scored with 13, while Jack Thomas (eight) and Dillon Ruml (4+3) picked up vital points.

Kyle Newman and Cameron Heeps each picked up a paid five, while guest reserve Nathan Stoneman added another three.

Jason Crump’s men climb to seventh in the SGB Championship ahead of tomorrow night's meeting at Scunthorpe Scorpions.


OXFORD 47: Scott Nicholls 13, Chris Harris 11, Jack Thomas 8, Kyle Newman 5, Dillon Ruml 4+3, Cameron Heeps 3+2, Nathan Stoneman 3.

REDCAR 43: Charles Wright 14, Jason Edwards 10+1, Lewis Kerr 9+1, Erik Riss 9, Jordan Jenkins 1, Adam Roynon 0, Kasper Andersen r/r.

Championship points: Oxford 3, Redcar 1.